loya jirga

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loy·a jir·ga

 (loi′ə jŭr′gə)
A traditional national assembly of Afghanistan, consisting of representatives of the country's constituent communities and tribes.

[Pashto lōya jirga, great assembly : lōya, feminine of lōy, big, great (from Old Iranian *dahāka-, perhaps meaning "manlike, masculine," and akin to Khotanese daha, man, male, and Persian dāh, servant, or perhaps meaning "large," as in Avestan Aži- Dahāka-, a monster of ancient Iranian myth, perhaps "Large Snake" (aži-, snake)) + jirga, assembly, council; see jirga.]

loya jirga

(ˌlɔɪə ˈdʒɜːɡə)
n (often with capitals)
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an assembly of regional leaders and tribal chiefs in Afghanistan
[from Pashto, literally: grand assembly]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Loya Jirga - a grand council or grand assembly used to resolve political conflicts or other national problems; "he convened a Loya Jirga that persuaded tribal leaders to acquiesce"
Jirga - a Pashto term for a decision making assembly of male elders; "most criminal cases are handled by a tribal Jirga rather than by laws or police"
Afghanistan, Islamic State of Afghanistan - a mountainous landlocked country in central Asia; bordered by Iran to the west and Russia to the north and Pakistan to the east and south; "Soviet troops invaded Afghanistan in 1979"

Loya Jirga

[ˌlɔːjəˈdʒɜːgə] N (in Afghanistan) → Loya Jirga f
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The Gunners enjoyed an early Golden Jubilee party yesterday but there will be no time to relax when they provide security next month for the Loya Jurga - a council of 1500 tribal elders that will decide on a new government.